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Akshay Kumar inaugurates 4th Great Indian Football Action

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New Delhi, Sep 16:  The fourth season of SARE Homes Hindustan Times Great Indian Football Action (HT GIFA), India’s biggest neighbourhood football tournament for kids, started on Saturday in the presence of Bollywood star Akshay Kumar at the Thyagaraj Stadium.

The event was attended by the over 5000 players from participating teams along with their family and friends.

Great Indian Football Action (GIFA), the annual inter-locality football tournament, was first organised in 2014.

Following the format of the previous three editions, HT GIFA 2017 is divided into several phases, including the registration of teams in two categories — Junior (classes 5th-8th) and Senior (classes 9th-12th).

Prior to the opening ceremony, the tournament has already witnessed 316 pre-qualifier matches.

The voting leg of GIFA, which gave losing teams from pre-qualifiers a chance to get entry back in the main tournament via wild card votes garnered a massive 1.96 lakh votes.

“It is indeed a pleasure to see the growing popularity of football as a sport in India. HT GIFA is a great platform for the sports enthusiasts and provides an opportunity to connect with people,” Akshay said.

“I am overwhelmed to see the parents supporting their children to pursue sports as a profession and for a healthy lifestyle.” (IANS)

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Actor Akshay Kumar Lends His Support to Gender Equality

The campaign celebrates the contribution of women to society

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Lending his support to gender equality, actor Akshay Kumar said that strong women make stronger countries.

Akshay Kumar along with a bevy of Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Vicky Kaushal, Rekha, Zeenat Aman, Hema Malini, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt, gathered on Sunday night to attend the 3rd Lux Golden Rose Awards to extend their support to the United Nations’ campaign #HeForShe.

Talking on the subject, Akshay Kumar said: “When women are strong, families become strong and countries stronger. I am happy to be a part of a family which has many strong women like my mother, my wife, my sister and my mother-in-law.”

The campaign celebrates the contribution of women to society.

Talking about the role of female actors in the industry, Shah Rukh said: “These women have contributed to making me a better human.”

Gen-next stars like Taapsee Pannu, Nushrat Bharucha, Janhvi Kapoor, Ishaan Khattar, Rakulpreet Singh, Ada Sharma too were present at the event.

Janhvi, daughter of producer Boney Kapoor and late veteran actress Sridevi, bagged the Lux Golden Rose Emerging Beauty Of The Year.

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She said the award was “encouraging”.

“My parents have always maintained that a good artiste is a reflection of a good and honest person and I hope to prove myself by doing exactly that,” she added.

Veteran actress and politician Hema Malini bagged the Lux Golden Rose Iconic Beauty Over The Decades award.

The star-studded evening became much entertaining when Kareena performed on stage on the super hit tracks of her male co-stars like Shah Rukh, Salman Khan and her actor-husband Saif Ali Khan.

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Kareena also won the award of Lux Golden Rose Confident Beauty Of The Year alongside Shikha Talsania and Swara Bhasker.

Others who were seen shaking a leg at the gala were Varun Dhawan, who paid a tribute to his co-stars like Taapsee and Alia; and Madhuri, who enthralled the audience by dancing on tracks like “Dream girl”, “Laila main laila” and “Yeh mera dil”. (IANS)